Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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83
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610 Ratings
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Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This pleasing, two-part, potion was brewed with chocolate and black malts for a rich and roasty overtone, then fused with a dry, substratum of sour for a bold and audacious flavor. Black as night, this beer is blended at 80% stout, 20% dark sour wood beer for a collaboration that begins with a sour edge and finishes with a big, dark malt character, lingering, sweet on your palate.

Added by chumba526 on 08-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
610
Reviews:
247
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
96
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 610 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle best by date of May 6, 2018. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black wtih about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit/berries, coffee and some earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of tart berries, wood and a bit of green apple flavors. Not a big amount of sourness, but enough to know that it's a sour/tart ale. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good sour stout, I enjoyed it. Certainly worth trying, I wouldn't mind having it again sometime! $16.99 a bottle.

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Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gibgink
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tannish head that quickly disappears. The nose presents a very odd bouquet so to speak. It wants to be a sour, but falls just short of tart. There is a hint of the fruitiness/funk going on, but enough that it interferes with the roasty/chocolate notes they were going for. Overall, a bit disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before May 6th 2018.

Black liquid, 1 finger head of tan foam, good retention and nice lacing.

A bit sour to the smell initially, I get roasted malt and chocolate beneath. Holding the glass a bit further away, yeah, I smell some coffee notes.

Tastes of tart chocolate with a side order of roasted malt. Every once in a while I can taste some coffee but it's fleeting.

Medium body and carbonation.

I can't shake the feeling that it reminds me of other Brewerys' mistakes. It IS drinkable though.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.49/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip: black color. Thin lacy head. Smell is amazing and complex: cherry, toast, earthy. Taste blew me away: toasty, dark fruit and cherry, earthiness. Very complex. A bit sour but enough to strike a perfect balance in my opinion. I think if you are trying to hold this beer to a particular style you might be let down. But if you simply ask, is it good? I would say yes, one of the best so far for me. The odd amalgamation of styles works.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on January 6, 2017. Look is nearly black with a thick tan head and sticky lacing. Smell is hard to pick up. Taste is and decent balance of sour and dark roasted malts. Feel is full in body with a smooth finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, sour, toasty, peppery and savory- the New Belgium team welcomes the rock bank Clutch into their brewhouse for a beer that equally represents both parties. Complexity hinges on complication for a taste that's just a rich and uncomfortably compelling as the music.

The ale hits hard with a deep and dark impression and a simmering, caldering froth. Opaque and deep with maroons, dark browns and mauve, the beers scent is of red grape, plum, coffee, cocoa and burnt toast. Steely caramels and fruit juices lace the tongue along with those toasty, roasty flavors of coffee-like grains.

The full brunt of complexity attacks the tastebuds from all angles. Sweetness fades to a dry vinous juiciness while the acrid roast of coffee, cocoa powder, toast and peppercorn balance the lingering sweetness and await the fermentation twang of lime, green apple, sour cherry, plum and blackberry. A strong wine presence trails into a bitter, sour and toasty finish and a peppery wood and spice under current.

Medium-light, the beer's robust appearance and roasty taste makes the mind want to interpret a strong bodied feel, but the sourness and fleeting malt weight suggests something drier, lighter and shockingly refreshing. An aftertaste of sourness, coffee and spiciness proves nearly too much for the palate. The line between complexity and complication is being fully exploited.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a brownish-red color with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a light retention fading over time to leave just wisps of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the brew is interestingly strongest of a chocolate smell mixed with a tart fruity aroma cherry, raisin as well as apples. Along with these smells comes some notes of vinegar and some yeasty smells as well as a little bit of a char smell and a bit of smoke.

Taste-The taste begins with some sweeter dark fruits flavors of cherry and raisin as well as some light flavors of an earthy nature. While the tartness is very light upfront, it does grow stronger as the taste advances with a mix of tart green apple and cherry as well as a bit of vinegar coming to the tongue. The sourness never gets too potent but remains at a moderate level (for a sour that is). Toward the end charred wood flavors as well as a bit of an herbal hop come to the tongue and leave one with a rather easy going fruited sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mild sour tastes mixed with the fruity and light chocolate flavors the feel is actually pretty nice and creates a fairly easy sipping sour.

Overall – Certainly not a very overpowering sour, which I rather like. It has the characteristic dark fruit tastes but with some added chocolate and roast which give it a nice dimension. While not a classic take, I actually rather like it and find it very approachable.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a tan, soft thick blanket.

Smell is a nicely moderate amount of roast on the malt, with slightly metallic sour cherry. A little funky wheat and apple arises as it warms.

There is more roast in flavor, which is welcome, and this is joined with a bit of chocolate, along with the sour cherry. None of this is super expressive though, on any level, making this maybe better as a beginner-level sour stout. The ABV is not apparent, and there is a little chocolate milk in the finish.

Feel is slightly dry and lightly chalky.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilley4
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wanted to love this but just couldn't do it...

Sour and bitter... Makes the stout aspect feel flat and muted... Neat idea but fails in my book...

Chalky and uninspiring...

Drain pour for me...

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Photo of rydev24
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts but also has notes of sourness and oak with hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a stout and a Flanders Old Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of azurel
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium 2016 Clutch

Pours a inky black with a tan head. Head lingers and leaves a moderate lacing.

Aroma is of dark roast, malt, chocolate underlying sour tartness/vinegar aroma. Slight boozyness...

Taste follows aroma... malt sweetness, chocolate, dark fruit (plumbs) followed by a tart dryness as the sour comes through on the finish/swallow...
The dryness prepares you for the next drink. Slight mouth watering effect....

Mouth feel... Slightly thin, slick, moderate carbonation fill out the body.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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